PSA - JURY DUTY


Jury Duty
A trial by jury is a fundamental right guaranteed by the State and Federal Constitution. It is the duty of every citizen to preserve this right by serving as a juror.
Juror Qualifications
Jurors must be 18 years old, U.S. citizens, legal residents of Florida and their respective counties and possess a driver’s license or identification issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. (Names are randomly selected from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles list of driver's license or identification card holders residing in Nassau County)
Exemptions from Jury Duty
All persons who are summoned to serve as jurors must attend unless they have been excused by the court. Attendance is essential to the fair administration of justice. People who fail to respond to a jury summons without being properly excused can be fined up to $100 and, in addition, be held in contempt of court.
Disqualifications or excusals from jury service:
Any expectant mother and any parent who is not employed full-time and who has custody of a child younger than 6 years of age will be excused from jury service upon request.
A person may be excused from jury service upon a showing of hardship, extreme inconvenience or public necessity.
A person 70 years of age or older will be excused from jury service upon request.
A person who has served as a juror in his or her county of residence is automatically excused from jury duty for one year from their last day of service.
A presiding judge may, at his or her discretion, excuse a practicing attorney, a practicing physician or a person who is physically unable from jury service.
No person interested in any issue to be tried shall be a juror. But no person will be disqualified from sitting on the trial of any suit in which the state, county or municipal corporation is a party just because they live or pay taxes in the state, county or municipal corporation.
A person cannot qualify for jury service if he or she is under prosecution for any crime, or has been convicted in Florida, any federal court, or any other state, territory or country of bribery, forgery, perjury, larceny, or any other offense that is a felony in this state or, which if it had been committed in this state would be a felony (unless restored to civil rights).
The governor, lieutenant governor, Cabinet officers, clerks of court and judges cannot be jurors. In addition, any fulltime federal, state and local law enforcement officers or such entities’ investigative personnel shall be excused from jury service unless they choose to serve.
Any person who is responsible for the care of a person who, because of mental illness, mental retardation, senility or other physical or mental incapacity, is incapable of caring for himself or herself shall be excused from jury service upon request. Note: If you are unable to serve, you must follow the directions in the “Juror Excusal Statement” portion of your summons in order to be excused for any of the reasons stated above.
People with disabilities are entitled to the provision of reasonable accommodation and assistance by the court in order to participate in the proceedings, at no cost. Please contact the ADA Coordinator at (904) 548-4600 at least 7 days prior to your court appearance.
For more information concerning Jury Service you may contact our office at 76347 Veterans Way, Yulee FL 32097 or 904-548-4607.

CONTACT INFORMATION

(904) 548-4607

 

ROBERT M. FOSTER JUSTICE CENTER


76347 Veterans Way
Yulee, Florida 32097

HISTORIC COURTHOUSE


416 Centre Street
Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034

HOURS OF OPERATION


8:30-5:00, Monday - Friday
( Excluding Holidays )

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